Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Wrong Way To Do A Clomid Induction Cycle


Hi. My Doctor prescribed me provera to induce a period and then clomid to induce ovulation. She told me that monthly I am supposed to take provera from the first of the month through the tenth of the month and then once my period comes i'm supposed to take Clomid from day 5-9.

So here it is, May 13th and it is day two of my cyle which means I will take Clomid May 16th-20th. Am i supposed to automatically take the Provera again on the 1st of June? That just doesn't sound right to me. Please help me understand this. C. from Nevada


Hello C. from the U.S. (Nevada),

You are wiser than your doctor, which means you are seeing the WRONG doctor. She is not correct on the proper method to do a Clomid ovulation induction cycle. I would recommend that you look up my blog and review how I recommend doing Clomid cycles. I think you will be shocked once you compare it to what your doctor prescribed!

First, Clomid cycles should be monitored for three reasons: (1) to see whether you are responding to that dose of Clomid (there are five dosages that can be used). (2) to see how many follicles are developing so that you don't have too many and (3) to determine when ovulation is going to occur so that you can time your intercourse properly.

The "autopilot" method of Clomid ovulation induction is not correct and shows that your doctor has a very limited knowledge of this treatment and infertility in general. I would strongly recommend that you go see a fertility specialist so that you don't waste your time.

Many doctors will use a progesterone supplement with Clomid cycles in order to support implantation and the early pregnancy. Clomid often can induce a luteal phase defect. However, Provera is NOT the drug used because it is a synthetic progesterone. Instead, a natural progesterone like Prometrium is used and a pregnancy test is done at the end of the cycle to determine whether or not your are pregnant so that you can stop the medication and have a period. If there is a luteal phase defect and you stop the progesterone prematurely, that could induce a miscarriage due to inadequate progesterone support. Does that make sense? So you can see why your doctors orders are all wrong.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program
Monterey, California, U.S.A.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Doctor,

    I have been trying for a child since last December. I never had problem with my earlier two kids. My doctor said that I was not ovulating and prescribed me with Clomid 100g. I have taken it for two cycles . Do you think I should continue for another cycle? J from Malaysia
    You mentioned in your blog that it is never recommended to just take clomid and trying to time intercourse. Is there any other way?
    Can you also explain what is a vaginal progesterone?



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